The University of Massachusetts – Boston, also known as UMass Boston, is an urban public research university and the third-largest campus in the five-campus University of Massachusetts system
University of Massachusetts – Boston is located on 177 acres (0.72 km2) on what used to be known as the Columbia Point peninsula in the City of Boston, Massachusetts, United States, but became known as Harbor Point in the 1980s after development. UMass Boston is the only public university in Boston. Students are primarily from Massachusetts but some are from other parts of the United States or foreign countries.
The university confers bachelor’s, master’s, and doctoral degrees, and also operates certificate programs and a corporate, continuing, and distance learning program.
There are eleven schools and colleges at UMass Boston: the College of Liberal Arts, College of Science and Mathematics, School for the Environment, College of Management, College of Nursing and Health Sciences, College of Public and Community Service, College of Education and Human Development, John W. McCormack Graduate School of Policy Studies and Global Studies, School for Global Inclusion and Social Development, Honors College, and College of Advancing and Professional Studies (CAPS) .
UMass Boston’s independent, student run and financed newspaper is The Mass Media. Other student publications include the yearbook, Watermark arts and literary magazine, and The Beacon monthly humor magazine.
UMass Boston’s undergraduates are represented by the Undergraduate Student Government, which consists of the Undergraduate Student Senate, the executive office of the USG President, and the office of the USG Chief Justice. UMass Boston’s graduate students are represented by the Graduate Student Assembly. UMass Boston’s graduate student employees (teaching assistants, research assistants, and administrative assistants) are represented by the Graduate Employee Organization/UAW Local 1596—UMass Boston Chapter.
The University was once recognized for its advocacy of human and civil rights. UMass Boston works to promote social justice around the world.
The University also has a large waterfront recreation program. The Division of Marine Operations operates the Universities waterfront which supports recreational and Environmental education programs. Full-Time Umass Boston students are offered free sailing lessons and boat rentals, paddleboards, kayaks and harbor cruises. Marine Operations recently developed the U-Sea Fund Grant for UMass Boston Faculty who are interested in developing a classroom component around our ocean environment. Starting Summer 2011 Marine Operations will work in conjunction with B&G, Boating in Boston, to offer a sailing camp for youth up to age 18. Boating in Boston has operated for years in other locations and have shown considerable interest in UMass Boston’s grand waterfront.